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Mercer Island Eastside Orphans & Waifs (aka MEOW Cat Rescue)

Rating: 4.9 stars   112 reviews 4,095

Address:

10600 Ne 68th Street Suite F Kirkland WA 98033 USA

Mission:

With respect and compassion for all animal life, MEOW promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals, providing shelter and care for each precious life until adopted into a forever home.

Results:

Since our beginning in 1997, we have rescued and placed more than 19,000 pets into loving homes. We currently are caring for more than 100 kittens and many senior and special needs cats in foster homes in addition to the approximately 80 cats and kittens in our shelter.

Programs:

MEOW places approximately 1000 - 1500 animals into permanent homes each year. Adoption fees from $65 to $95 help defray the cost of care for the animals. Donations from interested individuals, organizations and business provide additional financial support. Our application process ensures that every adopted animal is placed in an environment where there is appropriate space, human contact, and a commitment to safeguard and care for the animal for its entire lifetime. Our standards are high. The welfare of the animals is paramount in the placement process. Cats and kittens come from various sources and situations: orphans found under a deck, a stray or abandoned cat crying at the door, someone has developed allergies or is moving to a place where the cats are not welcome. Some come from the rescue community, finding tame cats and kittens feeding with feral colonies. Newborn or senior, healthy, ill or injured, all are welcome at MEOW . Incoming cats and kittens are examined for general health, illness, injury, parasites and tested for feline viral diseases and provided appropriate medical care. Daily care of cats and kittens is done both in the shelter and in the foster homes of volunteers, sometimes involving bottle-feeding orphans, often requiring intensive medical care of ill animals. MEOW provides a safe haven and socialization as well as proper nutrition and a clean environment while the animals await adoptive homes. Our volunteers speak with the public, interview prospective adopters, and provide education concerning the care of pets on such subjects as spaying/neutering, introducing a new pet into the family, addressing behavioral issues, proper daily care and well-cat/kitten care. Each year MEOW is faced with the impossible and each and every day we recommit ourselves to something we truly believe in, the motto we adopted at our inception,"all nine lives are precious".

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Reviews for Mercer Island Eastside Orphans & Waifs (aka MEOW Cat Rescue)

Rating: 1 stars  

We had a horrible experience yesterday September 21, at Meow Cat Rescue. We came in on Srptember 20 about 4:30 and worked with a volunteer on our application. She had some questions but said we just needed an FIV test for our current cat prior to being able to adopt the cat we wanted. So I turned my schedule upside down to accommodate getting this test done for my cat since my three boys were so excited to adopt this cat. Our cat tested negative and did not have FIV. We were excited and went back to get the cat. Upon arrival we had a different volunteer help us. She proceeded to rereview the application. I said, why are we rereviewing the application we were told that the only thing we needed to do was the costly FIV test? She was like oh no, no it's not approved. She proceeded to grill me over the fact that we kept the cat litter in the garage. I told her I would not move the cat litter into the house that they would have to access it through the garage. She and her supervisor Marnie refused the application. It was absolutely devastating to my children. We got in the car and their were tears, hyperventilating, and uncontrolled sobs. It broke my heart! How unfair! I would have never returned a second day to get the cat if they had been honest in their application process. They said I only needed one further test, the FIV results. I was honest with them about the garage but they were not honest with me! Also, my kids overheard another adoption on the 21st of Septembet where the new owners cats would also have access to the garage and they got to adopt their cats but we didn't. Also, I called to speak with the director twice but haven't received a call back yet.

 
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We extend our deepest apologies for KISmith’s bad experience at MEOW Cat Rescue on September 21, 2016. MEOW adopts to indoor only homes. This family had the unfortunate experience of losing a cat due to access through the garage, where the litter box was kept. While they insisted that the remaining cat no longer tries to go outside, we did request that he be tested for FIV/FeLV before adopting a new cat into the home. The family complied. However, when they came back to adopt, it became clear that the litter box would not be moved indoors, so there would be no way to prevent another cat from bolting when the garage door opens, and potentially another loss. As for the kids’ overhearing discussion of another adoption in which the cats would have access to the garage, we were unable to identify such a case, but it is possible that such an adoption would be allowed, provided the garage was secure from access to the outdoors. Our Executive Director did return the call on the following day, and she reports that after extending our sincere apologies that our Adoption Counselor hadn’t identified and explained our differences sooner, they had a very cordial conversation. While we were unable to do an adoption into the Smith’s home unless they agreed to change the configuration of their garage/litterbox situation, we do sincerely apologize for the unhappy experience. We regret that the process had progressed so far before being denied due to the potential for outdoor access. Many other organizations have less strict indoor policies and we’re certain the Smiths will find a good match for their family and a friend for their remaining cat.

Rating: 5 stars  

I adopted Samson (Gonzo) and Brill (Bruno) from MEOW 5 years ago. One of the neat things about MEOW is that they try to keep bonded pairs together. Samson (near my lap) and Brill (near my feet) love to be together. They sleep together and play together. I have another cat (in the background) and they get along with her, but I can definitely see the difference having "the twins". I appreciate the love and attention MEOW shows to their kitties and have stopped by the shelter on occasion with support. They are committed and loving and a real benefit to Kirkland. They jumped into situations that others would run from. They are a respected part of our community!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering as a Foster Mom for kittens last Fall. Since then I have had four adorable groups of kittens to love and prepare for their forever homes. The staff at MEOW could not be more professional or helpful, even when I called really, really early in the morning worried about a sick kitten. They helped me with all kinds of challenges, from sick babies to teaching the really young kitties how to eat, to trapping escapees, to dealing with litterbox issues. What a great group of people to work with!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was looking for a companion for my cat 11 years ago when I decided to try looking at Meow since I had just moved to Kirkland. Usually it is very hard for me to go to shelters as the animals all are so scared and it breaks my heart to leave any of them. Meow is the only one I have ever gone to that the animals were so cared for and loved that they looked relaxed and happy. I had a wonderful lady who sat in a room full of cats in the visiting room with me and let me interact with them before finally giving me a recommendation on one little tabby with a manx tail that she thought would be perfect for me and my cat. Minnie got in my lap and settled down purring and I knew she was the one. I have recommended them to many people looking for pets since and every time I look at Minnie I am so grateful I went into their door and gave them a try. I donate to the shelter every year and hoping to be able to volunteer there when I retire. Love Meow

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I was looking for a companion for my older male cat 10 years ago. We had recently lost his brother and he was very lonely. I went to Meow as I had recently moved to Kirkland and was so amazed. I have always gotten rescue cats and normally am in tears by the time I leave the shelters, didn't want to leave any cats behind . I know they all do there best to take great care of the animals and find them homes but it would break my heart to go. Meow was such a breath of fresh air! The cats all looked happy, they have play rooms where they get out and can interact with other cats and people. And that is where I found my Minnie. I was sitting on the floor and visiting all the cats and kittens and one of the wonderful people who work there pointed her out to me and said if she was looking for one, Minnie (then Patsy) was the one she would take. She came over and sat in my lap and the rest is history. I love her to death and she will always have a forever home with me.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MEOW is a member of the Community Cat Coalition and they work very hard with people who do rescue work with our community cats to help them place kittens and social cats that are trapped in feral colonies. I've found their leadership, staff, and volunteers to be very caring and willing to go above and beyond to help all of the cats and kittens that come to be in their care.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Thank You Meow rescue, I did not know what kind of Rescue place I was going into, Never adopted a Cat before so did Not know what to Expect, When I Walked into Meow Rescue, Everyone was So friendly and Helpful, It's a Very Clean and a Beautiful Facility and they have Kitty rooms for You and That Special Little Person in fur can go bond and See if Your right for each other, the rooms are all very Nice and there's So Many Beautiful Cats and Kittens to Pick from,it's hard to Chose Just One, Thank You Meow Rescue for Your beautiful Facility and for all Your Friendly Staff, I am Very Pleased all around with My Experience there, and I Left with a Beautiful Little Person in Fur!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

MEOW is full of great people doing wonderful things for the cats (and dogs) of the world. Their facility is basically a resort for cats, making life for their residents (especially the long term ones) very nice. We adopted our senior cat from MEOW, and will definitely go back in the future.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This is the most wonderful, caring cat rescue. My friend adopted a kitten from them 11 years ago and over time became more and more disabled and was just recently unable to care for a cat. Rather than pass her from person to person, never knowing if she had her forever (again) home at the age of 11, Meow took her back with them. She may or may not get adopted since she is a wonderful but elderly cat, but my friend and the rest of us rest easy that she will have a loving, caring home with lots of toys for the rest of her life if no adopter finds her. Thank goodness for those fabulous people at Meow!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Adopted a cat from this wonderful cat shelter 1 1/2 years ago. They did such a great job with figuring out what cat matched us based on the information we filled out. We were thinking of a pair of kittens but was recommended a young adult cat who matched exactly what we had checked on the form! The adoption counselor showed us a cat that we somehow hadn't even noticed. He's been perfect for us and the process was amazing. I learned so much! The great thing about adopting an adult cat is you know the cat's personality- highly recommend this and am thankful for them for teaching us that and bringing us together! Can't imagine life without our MEOW kitty!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Meow is wonderful. I adopted my first Meow cat in 2000 and still have 2 senior Meow kitties in my home in Oregon. I wish I still lived near Kirkland so I could adopt there again in the future. The staff of employees and volunteers are very caring and know what they are doing. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a rescue cat or kitten.

 
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